After a successful run at some film festivals—including Sundance, where it is now an official selection—filmmaker Eddie Alcazar's FUCKKKYOUUU hit the web today. Shot on black-and-white film with a foreboding drone and static-filled score by Flying Lotus that gets very abrasive, it's as gorgeous as it is unnerving.
"With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self," the film's synopsis reads. "Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain." Rather straightforward as far as synopses go.
So much so, in fact, that it almost seems like a joke, because FUCKKKYOUUU is anything but straightforward. The exploration of the girl's identity, both with her gender and state of mind, is full of body horror and dark dreamscapes. It's Rubber Johnny shot through both silent and modern era filmmaking techniques.
The short's influences, whether intentional or not, range from E. Elias Merhige's experimental cult horror film Begotten to David Lynch's Eraserhead. It also seems a bit inspired by some of the more surreal moments in Jonathan Glazer's dark and trippy science fiction masterpiece, Under the Skin. Then again, as is the case with all great art, a lot of that could just be what viewers bring to the table. Either way, the short film is one to enjoy in all of its surreal madness.
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